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Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa wins €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award

Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa won the International Dublin Literary Award worth €100,000 for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion translated from Portuguese to English by Daniel Hahn. The shortlist included Nigerian writer Chinelo Okparanta for her book Under the Udala Tree. Agualusa was on the longlist alongside 147 other writers. We congratulate Agualusa and wish him the best in his literary career.

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Ghanaian, Ugandan and Kenyan tech-entrepreneurs receive King Baudouin Foundation Awards

The recent news of Ugandan innovator Kabwama Leonard Alvin who got a training opportunity at NASA has been followed with another positive story on the strides of African tech-entrepreneurs. Three African tech-entrepreneurs, Gerald Abila of BarefootLaw (Uganda), Alloysius Attah, founder of Farmerline (Ghana) and Tonee Ndungu of Kytabu (Kenya) have each been awarded €75,000 for the King Baudouin African Development Prize awards.

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Viral Video shows Somali and Ethiopian Migrants and Refugees being held and abused by Libyan gangs

African migrants and refugees travelling to Libya are being frequently abducted, tortured, sexually exploited and made to engage in forced labour. The people smugglers and criminal gangs are using social media to broadcast the abuse and violence they inflict on African migrants in their captivity and to demand ransoms (ranging from US$ 8,000-10,000) from their families back home, the UN says.

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Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa announced

Africa is a continent on the rise and with the emphasis on science and technology the continent, through various initiatives such as the Innovation Prize for Africa funded by the African Innovation Foundation, African solutions are being created to solve African problems. The 10 shortlisted nominees for this year’s award were announced. Solutions were provided in areas of agriculture, finance, health amongst others.

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The (un)ambiguity of the image – the story of 16 June

The image that classically characterises 16 June 1976 is that of a tearful Mbuyisa Makhubo carrying a slain 12-year-old Hector Pieterson, flanked by a hysterical Antoinette Sithole, Hector’s sister, taken by Sam Nzama is a marker of history. Nzama’s image is unambiguous and intact. The role of the visual image has ceased to be iconographic. In these hyper-visual times, digital technology has lent greater complexity to our relationship with images writes Kagiso Mnisi.

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Sincere apology or expediency? South Africa’s Helen Zille unreserved apologises for colonialism tweets

South African politician, Helen Zille has finally relented, publicly apologising for her tweets saying colonialism had positive aspects having fervently defended the offensive remarks. In previous tweets she’d said, “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc.” On Power Fm she also declared that colonialism cannot be compared to holocaust. She said, “There is a big difference between genocide and colonialism. The holocaust was a deliberate attempt to murder 11-million people. There is a difference between colonialism and a deliberate genocidal project”. Zille’s colonialism comments caused major public outrage forcing her to apologise, following her suspension from her party, the Democratic Alliance.